2014 was a year of learning about Internet risks for many business leaders, as cybersecurity threats became so ubiquitous that they finally reached a mainstream level of awareness. Several major corporations experienced brutal cyberattacks, and millions of sensitive corporate files were exposed to the public.
Whether your company was affected or you managed to escape into 2015 unscathed, take our advice: It’s time to overhaul your digital security strategy and make sure that your organization is prepared to handle another year full of malicious cyberattacks. Some industry pundits believe that 2015 could be just as hard, if not worse, than last year for safeguarding against criminal activity online.
Here are three things you should make sure to include in your strategy:
1. Account access: A data breach can arise from the inside of your organization just as easily as it can from the outside. We’re not saying you shouldn’t trust your employees, but making security a priority requires battening down the hatches. Ensure you have the technology, such as that provided through a cloud-based identity management system, in place so that you can easily revoke data access when necessary. This way, if an employee does exhibit threatening or criminal behavior, his or her account can be blocked quickly and efficiently, preventing damage to your assets.
2. Embrace multifactor authentication: Many major corporations still rely on a single method of account authentication such as a password or personal identification number (PIN). This year, embrace multifactor authentication by requiring employees to use passwords and PINs, or another form of identification. This way, if a password is stolen, a hacker would have a much harder time gaining access into an account.
One example of a company that offers great multifactor account authentication is Google. Google employees are given unique one-time PIN numbers to use when logging into a mobile device. This number can be used in addition to a password to provide higher security.
3. Secure your applications: Your organization may have thousands of employees and millions of customers accessing your corporate applications on a daily basis. Stop and think about how vulnerable this makes your organization to hackers if you do not have secure authentication methods like voice biometric identity verification deployed. Design your applications with security in mind so that unauthorized users are kept out of your network.